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Balance wheel with silicon hairspring © Firehouse Horology
Connoisseur of watches
Why engineers are leading the battle of the balance spring

When all balance springs were metal, Swatch Group's Nivarox enjoyed a virtual monopoly. The most widespread alternative, patented silicon technology, is also the property of a handful of manufacturers. However crucial it may be, mechanically and strategically, the balance spring is about materials science, not horological genius.

Monday, 14 October 2019
4 min read
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The original Monaco from 1969 was considered too unconventional for the era.
Trend Forecaster
A little piece of Elvis, Paul or Jackie on your wrist…

With the vintage trend showing no signs of abating, now is the time to pay tribute to the iconic watches worn by late, great celebrities. Brands happily revisit legends from the past while at auction, watches with celebrity provenance are achieving record amounts.

Friday, 11 October 2019
Flavia Giovannelli
6 min read
George Clooney
Watch Stories
George Clooney on Hollywood, politics and collecting

There's no stopping the Clooney/Coen trio. The recently released Hail, Caesar! is the ex-ER paediatrician's fourth film with the quirky director brothers. The film had been on the backburner for some time as the third and final instalment of the "Numbskull Trilogy". Fortunately, the lovely Amal's husband is happy goofing around, which is something of a paradox given that Clooney, who fronts the Omega and Nespresso brands, is one of Hollywood's most intellectual actors. Meet the star who has a lot more than coffee on the boil !

Wednesday, 02 March 2016
Frank Rousseau
8 min read
Rolex Submariner 1953
Connoisseur of watches
Vintage for Dummies (II)

Buying a vintage watch is a fascinating and fulfilling learning curve. In part two of this article, we look at the actual purchase, which requires a methodical approach. You've done your homework, now for some action!

Thursday, 25 February 2016
7 min read
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Trend Forecaster
Star quality

Caught on camera: the latest edition of HH Mag, published by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, has conquered new fans across the pond.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016
1 min read
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Trend Forecaster
Hue and cry

As an antidote to doom and gloom, watchmakers are dipping into the Pantone guide. Electric blue, lime green or canary yellow, 2016 timepieces bring on the colour. Fans of Instagram filters should look away now.

Monday, 22 February 2016
4 min read
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Watch Stories
Hugh Laurie - What time is it, doc?

For eight seasons, the charming British actor played House M.D., television's wittiest, most neurotic medic. All we can ask is to keep on taking the pills.

Thursday, 18 February 2016
Frank Rousseau
5 min read
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Connoisseur of watches
Vintage for Dummies (I)

For anyone considering taking their first steps in the vintage watch jungle, this two-part article sets out the right reflexes and gives advice on how to avoid the many pitfalls of this tempting yet very particular world.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016
4 min read
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Seabed

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